Brexit: Placing an e-cigarette on the market from 1 January 2021

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From 1 January 2021 there will be new rules for placing an e-cigarette on the market

From 1 January 2021, new rules mean notifications from Great Britain and Northern Ireland will need to be sent to different routes.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will remain the competent authority for the notification scheme for e-cigarettes and refill containers in Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland.

From January 2021 producers of nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and refill containers in Northern Ireland will be required to:

A producer is anyone who manufactures or imports these products or who re-brands any product as their own.

Retailers do not need to submit information for any products they sell unless they also qualify as a producer.

Guidance on the submission and content of notifications for Northern Ireland

The format and content of notifications are set out in the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/2183 on e-cigarettes. This will remain aligned with the current MHRA guidance publications.

Details of the information which notifications are required to contain are set out by the Commission in the Data Dictionary (PDF, 888KB).

Technical requirements for refill mechanisms, and information that must be included in the instructions for use of the product are set out in the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/586 of 14 April 2016 on technical standards for the refill mechanism of electronic cigarettes.

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The format and content of notifications will remain in line with those set out in the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/2183 on e-cigarettes.

Details of the information which notifications are required to contain are set out by the European Commission in the Data Dictionary (PDF, 888KB,).

Technical requirements for refill mechanisms, and information that must be included in the instructions for use of the product will remain aligned with the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/586 of 14 April 2016 on technical standards for the refill mechanism of electronic cigarettes.

First published 7 December 2020